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A Guide to DOXA Documentary Film Festival


The annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival has begun! For eleven days, spread out over multiple venues around Vancouver, obscure documentaries covering countless topics will be the stars of the show. Personal pieces, social problems, climate control, and a weird band make up only some of the dozens of entries this year.

Don’t know where to start?

Here’s a guide at what to look out for during each day of the festival.


How to Change the World

Thursday,  April 30 – 7:00 p.m. at Vancouver Playhouse

Running Time: 115 minutes


Watch a sit down with director Jerry Rothwell below for a better understanding of the film.

In the fall of 1971, a young journalist named Bob Hunter volunteered to take a leaky, antique fishing boat dubbed “The Greenpeace” into the centre of the cold war. The American plan to conduct nuclear tests on Amchitka Island in the Arctic had galvanized a generation and Hunter found himself at the centre of a burgeoning movement. Bob understood the effects of media, and the revolutionary power of an image to shape pubic opinion. As the boat set forth, with a hand- painted sail and a new generation of eco-freaks aboard, the intent was to plant “a mind bomb” and bring the eyes of the world to what was happening. “Bob, we are all gonna die,” was the less generous prognosis of fellow-Greenpeace member Patrick Moore. The first campaign succeeded in generating enormous media attention, and the stage was set for Greenpeace’s next, and perhaps most legendary campaign. The decision to save the whales was received with less than universal acclaim by the rest of the Greenpeace crew, but they took to the high seas, armed with youthful idealism, the I Ching, and rubber zodiacs. What followed must be witnessed to be believed. Staggering archival footage, intimate and deeply honest interviews with the organization’s main participants including Rex Weyler, Walrus Oakenbough (AKA David Garrick), Patrick Moore, and Paul Watson are woven masterfully together, through narrated sequences of Bob Hunter’s extraordinary writing. How to Change the World is a testimony to Bob Hunter’s poetic spirit, and more importantly a call for radical action. If, as Bob asserts, “Ninety percent of history is being in the right place at the right time,” then, perhaps, we are again standing on the edge of a global revolution whose time has come. -DW

Also playing Saturday, May 2 (12:00 p.m.) at Vancity Theatre

Thomas Creery

Thomas Creery

I strive for strange, roll in weird, and study the eccentric. Keep on asking questions and you’re bound to find an answer; even though, it may not be the right one...for now. Favorite directors include: David Lynch, P.T. Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino.